2017 3 touring vs 4 need to buy one soon

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  1. April71

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    Hi everyone! I could really use your help. I need to buy a new car soon. I commute 65 each way every day. I test drove a 3 touring this weekend. I really liked it. I would like to test drive a 4 also, but there are none available in San Diego. The dealer said they can't find any available since it's the end of the year. They don't have any on the lot. I think I would miss the heated seats and I'm not sure if the drive feels different. I can get a great deal on a 2017 3 touring since it is the end of the year, but I could also wait for the 2018 four and pay more. Would I like it as much? I'm not sure since I can't test driven one. I haven't driven a 4 before so I don't know if it's worth spending more getting a 2018 four or should I just get the 2017 3 touring? Thank you!
     
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    In the States, and this is just my 2 cents: stick with level 3, so you have the spare tire. If I was in the market I'd go for the 15" wheel (non-touring) as well: bettery fuel economy, smoother riding, cheaper tires come replacement time.
     
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    I am not sure the 3 Touring (17" wheels) has a spare.

    EDIT: According to Tony's original Gen 4 table, the 3 Touring has a spare tire.

    The 3 Touring has 17" low profile wheels. The 4 has the lighter 15" wheels.
     
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    I think the non-touring four is the way to go. All the important features without the mileage costing wheels. The only thing I miss are the fog lights (for looks, not practical reasons).
     
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    You are missing a spare tire, but you do not "miss" it, I assume.
     
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    Go with the 3 Touring - 17" wheels w/donut spare.
     
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    To be honest, it really depends on whether you favour looks (3T) or features (4T).

    The Three Touring includes:

    • 17" Alloys on 215/45R17 tires
    • LED foglights
    • LED clearance lights (the 3 vertical LED dots below the foglights)
    • Blue contrast stitching for the SofTex
    • Blue outboard vent accent
    • Touring-grade lower rear bumper valence
    • Touring-grade suspension tuning
    • Foldable lightweight fabric tonneau cover
    • Spare tire

    Four includes:
    • 15" Alloys with aerodynamic wheel covers on 195/65R15 tires
    • Rain-sensing wipers
    • 10-way power driver's seat (including adjustable lumbar support)
    • Heated front seats
    • Auto-dimming mirror w/ Homelink
    • Roller-type tonneau cover
    • Tire repair kit (delete spare tire)
    • Larger trunk (because of the lack of spare tire)

    In addition, you can add a power moonroof and Head-Up Display (HUD) to the Four.

    In theory, they will drive slightly differently because the Touring supposedly has a different suspension tuning (increase damping force) and the wider tires will provide more grip in the corners and under hard braking. If your daily drive includes a lot of canyon roads or mountainous driving, maybe consider the Touring for the better road holding. Note that the larger wheels will slightly reduce mpg and of course your tire replacement cost will be higher than with the 15" wheels.
     
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    The Prime is cheaper if you include the Federal Tax rebate... and you owe that much in taxes. (they won't send you any money, only deducted from what you owe them) Hurry before The Congress and the President cut the Federal rebates off. Also, Ca and possibly some other states actually send you a smaller amount (Ca is $!,500) P.S. The middle seat is gone and you lose a bit of trunk space. The load deck if a bit longer to compensate, the you lose about 3.5" in height.
     
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    No. I do not miss the spare tire.
     
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    welcome!
    are they offering you a good deal on the 3?
     
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    I recently purchased a 3 touring a few (10) weeks ago and have over 8k on it as I commute 160 miles a day. Heated seats and auto dimming mirror would have been nice but I can add them if I really need them but having a spare tire was more important to me. I did give up some mileage by having 17” wheels but I wanted them and fog lights (I love the look) and I do average around 55mpg. As long as the price is right and you like the color, you can’t go wrong with a 3T.
     
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    Personally, I preferred the features of the 4 over having the spare tire, and also the additional trunk space is important to me.

    Maybe you've done this already, but I used Edmonds to find which dealer had the 4 in the color I wanted, and I went to that dealer, rather than have my local dealer try to acquire one, which is time consuming and prone to not happening smoothly.
     
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    I would say it depends on what you are coming from. If you aren't used to owning a Prius and driving it daily, you probably will enjoy either one of those options. The differences aren't going to make or break your enjoyment of the car.

    I personally had a 2012 Prius 2 and loved it. I drive a good amount and put about 70k miles in 2-1/2 lovely years. Sadly, the life of my prius was ended by it's twin brother. An almost identical prius rear ended it good. Anyways, I loved that prius enough that I bought the next Gen but decided to try to afford a higher trim than 2. Last week I bought a 2016 3T for about $16.5k.It had high miles, but I'm ok with that since I myself drive about 35k per year. So, the steering and handling is my favorite. Much more fun to drive than my old one. But best of all, it looks great too!
     
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    You need to correct your profile. It says you got a 2017.
     
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    • You don't need heated seats in San Diego.
    • The drive feel will be the same.
    • 15 inch wheels are better.
    • End of year deals are the best.
    • Buy what you want.
     
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    A case could be made for either, but for me the Blind Spot Monitor would tip the scales in favor of the 4.

    It did not factor that into my desision at all — just another gizmo that couldn’t be trusted anyway, I thought — but not sure I could ever buy a car without after having a BSM on my 4 Touring for 22 months now.
     
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    BSM/RCTA are no cost extras on the Two, Three and Three Touring for 2017/2018.
     
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    I believe all later 2017 trim levels now have BSM as part of the no-charge TSS Plus "option" on all? (trim 2 + for sure) Prius vehicles.

    That is one festure I wish my early 2017 had, but it was not even available for Trim Two a year ago.
     
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    your turn.:)
     
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    Two, Three and Three Touring. It's not available on One and Two Eco.

    In addition, ICS/IPA is included in Safety Plus packages.
     
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